An Interview With Margaret Cho
If you’ve ever seen any of the movies in Liam Neeson’s Taken series, you know they are as much homage to the vigilante movies of Charles Bronson as they are borderline caricature. However, if you are craving a true spoof, check out Tooken (Elevative), starring Margaret Cho as insidious male villain Brownfinger. Cho, whose Kim Jung Un imitation remains unequaled, channels that hysterical testosterone energy into the vicious Brownfinger whose fascination with dogs and explosives are almost inseparable. Tooken, which bows on VOD and digital download in late May, is a good way to reacquaint yourself with the busy comedian and to hold you over for her return to the stage for The psyCho Tour, hitting the road this spring and continuing throughout the fall. I spoke with Margaret in the spring of 2015 about the movie and more.
Anne Steele wants you to come to the cabaret, old chum. But don’t expect the usual Kander & Ebb, Jerry Herman, Stephen Schwartz, and Cole Porter content in the out artist’s set. Steele is intent on shaking things up in the cabaret scene, as she did with her award-winning show (and accompanying studio album) “Strings Attached.” Her new EP, What’s Mine (Steele Records) expands on that energy with the queer anthem “Don’t Tell Us How To Love,” the irresistible dance track “Without You Tonight” and raucous rocker “Worst I Ever Had.” I spoke with Steele about the new EP and her career in April 2015.
Let’s face it, any mention of Lisa Loeb instantly elicits the reaction of belting out “Yeeeeeaah, I missed you.” Loeb first exploded onto the pop culture radar in 1994, when her debut single turned Billboard hit “Stay (I Missed You)” appeared on the soundtrack to the Gen X movie Reality Bites. Twenty-one years later, the song is still ever-present as are her trademark cat-eye glasses. The song recently made a cameo on the Emmy Award-winning Netflix series Orange is the New Black.
If you’ve ever seen any of Patrik-Ian Polk’s films, you know one thing for certain. Polk is a master of the ensemble cast. Beginning with Punks and continuing through Noah’s Arc (both the movie and the TV series), as well as The Skinny, Polk has a knack for creating characters who are smart, sincere, sensitive, and exceptionally sexy.
Jonathan Harper’s debut short story collection Daydreamers (Lethe Press, 2015) is the kind of book that you hope it would be – a fantastic introduction to a creative and original voice in fiction. The stories are populated with an arresting assortment of characters, including repo men, tattoo artists, suspension artists, role-playing gamers, friends, family and those occupying the grey area between friendship and kinship. Throughout the stories is a pulsing undercurrent of sexual tension and dilemma that keeps the pages turning. I spoke with Harper about Daydreamers in early 2015.
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